You will only create masterpieces if…

Tiny Lori Greenberg Beads

…you have a good foundation in your art.

Holy smokes, look what I just found.  Not the picture but the actual beads.  These were amongst the first that I ever made.  Look how TINY they are!

Yep, that’s how I started.  Not too bad either…for what they are.  Encasing and dots.

Here’s another testament to learning the basics well before moving on to more complex things.

I was listening to an interesting radio show where the guest had written a book about the top 25 discoveries of the 20th century.  He talked about the process the (mostly) scientists went through before they made their discoveries.  I found it interesting that often times what they discovered was either not what they were looking for or they were looking into a different solution when their discovery appeared.  More interesting than that was the fact that the author stated that all of the discoveries were made by professionals in the field; that nowhere did he ever find someone just stumbling upon a great discovery that wasn’t already established in their field.  Maybe not famous, but they knew their way around the lab or had a scientific/mathematical mind.  In other words, it doesn’t happen by sheer accident.

<>Lately I’ve been viewing art and creativity through the eyes of other theories.  For example, the above.  How often do you think it is that someone sits down at the torch for the first few times, not knowing the basics and discovers some great technique or process?  According to the author above (I’m going to have to find his name) that just doesn’t happen.  I think I tend to agree because I know that every design I come up with is only after many attempts to see what certain components do together.  Maybe some ‘happy accidents’ happen but I already have a working knowledge of the materials and the medium.

<>I also think that there are many of us that when we sit down to ‘play’ and come up with something new that we have high hopes that we’re going to hit on the next best big seller.  The next big innovative technique.  Or maybe not.  But how many times have you put a sure-to-be masterpiece into your kiln only to feel deflated when you take it out of the kiln the next day?  C’mon.  You know you’ve done it.